Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy in LIvermore on October 5, 2017

Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy: Why National Parks?

 Filmmaker David Vassar presentation at 

Livermore's Bankhead Theater 

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 

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David Vassar will speak in Livermore on Thursday. He is the producer of Discover Hetch Hetchy with Harrison Ford, as well as many other fine films. As wonderful as these films are, it is a special treat to hear David in person.  

Come join us if you can - I'll be in the seventh row on the left aisle. Advance tickets are available online

On the heels of the centennial celebration of National Parks, where did it all begin?  David Vassar's films focus on the natural world, parks and environmental issues.  He will present and discuss clips from his films that feature Yosemite as the "Birthplace of the National Park idea" and highlight the loss of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in 1913 as the impetus for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.  He will discuss the historic context of each film clip. Vassar also will offer personal and professional insight into the filmmaking process.

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Group shot, taken after a day of filming Discover Hetch Hetchy, includes (from left) Darry Sragow, Jennifer Witherspoon, Spreck Rosekrans, Restore Hetch Hetchy board member Ann Hayden, Harrison Ford and Tom Graff.

David Vassar is an Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-award winning writer and director with more than 30 years of experience. Beginning with his first film shot in Yosemite at the age of 19, to his current production about the fate of the American desert, David has been ahead of his time, leading the conversation on important environmental issues. His credits as a filmmaker and director include PBS television, the Smithsonian Institution, and particularly the National Park Service; the impact of his work has been recognized at film festivals around the world.